Irish Terrier Essay

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The Irish terrier is one of the older terrier breeds. Its solid red coat and long, sleek body distinguish it from other terriers. Earlier Irish terriers were black and tan, grey and brindle with the solid reds appearing at the end of the 19th century. In 1879 Champions Erin and Kilney Boy appeared at a show in Glasgow and are considered the mother and father of the breed. During that era the Irish terrier was one of the most popular breeds both in England and the United States. The breed’s high intelligence and even temperament have made it a favorite of both young and old.

Irish terriers are excellent family dogs. They are small enough to adapt to any environment, but large enough to be convincing
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6, 7 Cryptorchidism refers to one or both testicles not being in the normal location in the scrotum.

The Irish terrier is one of the breeds considered at risk for cystinuria. 1, 2, 3, 6(551), 7
A defect in the proximal tubular transport system allows for the excessive excretion of cystine into the urine. Cystine precipitates in acid urine to form crystals and stones. The condition is believed to have a recessive mode of inheritance in Irish terriers. The disease can be managed by alkalizing the urine and feeding low protein diets.

The Irish terrier is a reckless and bold daredevil. He is apt to quarrel with other dogs, but is a gentle companion to his owners. He needs a lot of exercise if he is to be a satisfactory house dog. A survey of Irish terrier owners in Germany rated the breed as highly active and dog aggressive but intelligent and playful and highly trainable. 15

This adaptable breed has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. No ailments are unique to Irish Terriers in their old age.

This is a list of Genetic tests available for Irish terriers to identify inherited medical problems that may be recommended by your
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